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Presenting all-new iconic Loteria artworks from Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio.

Cover art & design for the 2014 John Picacio Calendar
Cover art & design for the 2014 John Picacio Calendar

This full-color 12” x 12” 2014 wall calendar features all-new artwork inspired by Loteria, the classic Mexican game of chance.

My mother and grandmother played this with me, when I was a kid. It works very much like Bingo, but instead of letters and numbers, it uses little pictogram icons. I'm creating new art that reimagines these icons in my own way, and this calendar features the first of those works.

The design includes a big, bold centerfold poster of one of the artworks -- and Kickstarter backers will decide which one is selected!

This is the second product from my company, Lone Boy, and I want the final result to be the best I can possibly give you. The calendar’s cover will be printed on 12 pt. premium paper stock, with a satin aqueous-coated finish, and the interior pages will be printed on 100# text.

You won’t find many art calendars where the artist has not only created the artwork, but also personally designed and overseen every detail. This is that kind of calendar. It’s available exclusively here, via this Kickstarter campaign. This is an offering from me to you, with all best wishes to you and yours for 2014.

February layout for the 2014 John Picacio Calendar, featuring the Chesley Award-winning artwork LA SIRENA.
February layout for the 2014 John Picacio Calendar, featuring the Chesley Award-winning artwork LA SIRENA.

You’ll notice how big the artwork is. Most 12” x 12” calendars have a 12” x 12” image canvas, but for this calendar, you get more artwork with no extra cost or wall space required, because I’ve designed the interior image area to be a larger-than-normal 12” x 16”.

That said, if you like to write down important dates and make plans on your wall calendars (which I do), you’ll find ample space for doing that within each monthly calendar grid.

I'm finishing several of the remaining works, and this campaign's backers will see all of them (and some of the making-of) before the rest of the world, and before the campaign completes.

Here are some artworks included within this calendar.

EL ARPA. Art by John Picacio featured in the 2014 Calendar.
EL ARPA. Art by John Picacio featured in the 2014 Calendar.
(left) EL PESCADO / (right) LA ROSA. Artworks by John Picacio featured in the 2014 Calendar.
(left) EL PESCADO / (right) LA ROSA. Artworks by John Picacio featured in the 2014 Calendar.

My artwork for "La Sirena" won the Chesley Award for Best Product Illustration, and that artwork will be featured as the first Grande collectible card produced by Lone Boy. Grande cards are not intended for playing the game of Loteria, but instead to showcase the artwork at a larger scale.

On the back of each card will be a reproduction of the original pencil underdrawing I created for each artwork. The design of all cards produced during this Kickstarter will be exclusive to this campaign.

These Grande cards are unique and will feel almost like big, oversized Tarot cards in your hand, measuring 4.5" x 7" each.

"La Sirena" will be the first offering, and as we reach each successive stretch goal achievement, a new Grande card with a new artwork will be unlocked, FREE for all backers pledging $50 and up.

Every backer pledging $50 and up receives at least one signed sketchbook filled with sketches and notes on the making of each calendar artwork. This 6" x 9", 12-page booklet with cardstock cover and Loteria notes will not be available in stores.

I use Faber Castell and Blackwing Palomino pencils for my drawing work. The pencils offered via this campaign will be Faber Castell pencils used in the making of my project artworks, signed in silver pen.

SCHEDULE:

All calendars will be shipped before the end of December 2013. We can’t promise that the calendars will arrive by December 25th, but we will do our very best within the time given. Our last Kickstarter calendar effort had a similar timeline and we had a very high success rate for fulfilling orders well in time for the holiday season. If we reach our initial goal, we will keep you regularly updated on the progress of the calendars’ production and fulfillment.

SHIPPING:

The shipping costs for the calendars have been included in each tier. Although we would love to ship these calendars via the less expensive USPS Media Mail rate, it’s not possible because it doesn’t fall within their latest guidelines. In most cases, for orders within the continental US, these will be mailed via USPS Parcel Post. And in the case of international shipping, we’ll be shipping via USPS as well.

A NOTE ABOUT YOU, ME, AND KICKSTARTER:

I believe relationships are important and I’ve strived to be accessible via appearances at conventions, and in recent years via my blog, Facebook and Twitter. I see Kickstarter as another way to connect with you. With the offering of this calendar, I’m sharing some of my personal best, and I’m looking forward to us watching this process unfold together.

Your time is valuable, and I appreciate you spending a bit of it here. I create pictures for a living, and this is how I support my family. To all who have enjoyed and continued to champion my work over the years, I sincerely thank you for continuing to do so. Let’s keep working toward a better world for all of us in this coming new year.

GRANDE + PROCESS SKETCH $200 Level: All rewards from THE GRANDE package + one signed John Picacio process sketch (process drawing of a Loteria artwork, as selected by the artist). Free shipping within the continental USA. For international destinations -- please add $10 for shipping.

The drawings measure 7" x 11". Pencil on Strathmore 300 bristol. Here's an example:

THE CREATIVE FIRE $350 Level • WINTER IS COMING I $350 Level • WINTER IS COMING II $400 Level

Each of the above levels includes:

• The TRES GRANDES Rewards

• One Remarque (a small, simple drawing of a Loteria icon of the artist’s choosing)

• The level's designated giant art banner, as described below

Free shipping within the continental USA. For international destinations -- please add $50 for shipping. The reward will be delivered in two separate packages. Banners are shipped rolled and tubed.

ELRIC CUATRO $500 Level

• Your choice of one of the following John Picacio original artworks, first published in Random House / Del Rey's ELRIC OF MELNIBONE omnibus editions (ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS and ELRIC: SWORDS AND ROSES)

• The CUATRO GRANDES rewards

• One Remarque (a small, simple drawing of a Loteria icon of the artist’s choosing)

First come, first serve. Free shipping within the continental USA. For international destinations -- please add $25 for shipping.

(above) Original Art Selections Available at the ELRIC CUATRO level
(above) Original Art Selections Available at the ELRIC CUATRO level

ELRIC CINCO $1000 Level

• Your choice of one of the following John Picacio original artworks, first published in Random House / Del Rey's ELRIC OF MELNIBONE omnibus editions (ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS and ELRIC: SWORDS AND ROSES)

• Five signed 12" x 12" 2014 John Picacio Calendars

• Five Grande "La Sirena" Loteria cards

• Five signed 2014 John Picacio Calendar sketchbooks

• One signed pencil

• One Remarque (a small, simple drawing of a Loteria icon of the artist’s choosing)

First come, first serve. Free shipping within the continental USA. For international destinations -- please add $25 for shipping.

(above) Original Art Selections Available at the ELRIC CINCO level
(above) Original Art Selections Available at the ELRIC CINCO level
(above) The interior art originals exclusively available here were published in these Random House / Del Rey ELRIC omnibus editions.
(above) The interior art originals exclusively available here were published in these Random House / Del Rey ELRIC omnibus editions.

LOTERIA LEGEND $2000 Level

Be a model for a future Loteria artwork, created by John Picacio.

The artist will utilize your likeness for reference (or the person of your choosing, with mutual consent), and you'll be immortalized as a published Loteria card.

Of the 54 card ideas, the following are currently available for selection. Please feel free to inquire and discuss your preferences. However, the artist is the final arbiter for these choices.

El Gallo -- The Rooster

La Dama -- The Lady

El Catrin -- The Gentleman

El Melon -- The Melon

El Valiente -- The Brave One (must be female for this one, please)

El Gorrito -- The Bonnet

La Bandera -- The Flag

El Bandolon -- The Mandolin

El Pajaro -- The Bird

La Mano -- The Hand

El Cotorro -- The Parrot

El Borracho -- The Drunk One

El Negrito -- The Dark One (will be handled in a more progressive way than the traditional, to say the least)

El Tambor -- The Drum

El Soldado -- The Soldier

El Apache -- The Apache

La Campana -- The Bell

El Cantarito -- The Water Pitcher

La Chalupa -- The Canoe

You’ll receive:

• An original 6" x 9" pencil sketch of the artwork for which you model

• One 17" x 22" archival print of the final artwork

• Your name will be printed on your birthday in the printed version of the 2014 John Picacio Calendar

• Five signed 12" x 12" 2014 John Picacio Calendars

• Five Grande "La Sirena" Loteria cards

• Five signed 2014 John Picacio Calendar sketchbooks

• One signed pencil

• One Remarque (a small, simple drawing of a Loteria icon of the artist’s choosing)

Free shipping within the continental USA. For international destinations -- please add $25 for shipping.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Some of the calendar spreads are finished and are ready to go to press right now. I'm finishing the remaining artwork and will be working on it as we complete this campaign. We'll be ready to go by press time.

As mentioned above, we're going to do our best to ship these calendars so that they arrive in time for holiday gift-giving, but we can't guarantee that in all cases because we don't control the US Post Office.

Much of that depends on how fast our backers respond with their surveys. The good news is we have successful Kickstarter experience under our belts, so we know how to service orders as quickly as possible.

A good move that we did last time was we didn't wait for Kickstarter to process our payment in full. Immediately upon close of the campaign, we initiated the printing order for the calendar, and put our faith in Kickstarter to process on their end when the post-campaign housekeeping completed. This was a big help in delivering to most of our backers in time for the holiday gift giving season.

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